The Bucknell University Choirs, under the direction of Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Beth Willer, enjoy a celebrated tradition of esteemed performances and artistic collaboration at Bucknell and across the globe. Together with the Bucknell Opera Theatre, the choirs offer a wealth of ensemble experience to both majors and non-majors interest in pursuit of vocal performance at Bucknell.

Bucknell University Choir

The Bucknell University Choir is the cornerstone choral ensemble at Bucknell, comprised of 50-60 members, and including students, faculty and staff from across the campus community. Performing a diverse repertoire drawn from the last seven centuries, the University Choir presents concerts of a cappella and accompanied works each academic semester at venues across the Bucknell Campus. Concerts include bi-annual choral-orchestral works, frequent collaborations with guest artists, and world premieres of commissioned works. With support from the Department of Music and the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, residencies and performances with professional ensembles such as Lorelei Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, the Mysterious Voices of Bulgaria, and the Tallis Scholars, present unique opportunities for members of the choirs to actively participate in contemporary music culture through performance and discussion with professional musicians.

Rehearsals held Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m.
Choral Rehearsal Room, Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Bucknell Camerata

The Bucknell Camerata is the University's select chamber choir, comprised of 16-24 voices, and representing nearly every major field of study at Bucknell. Founded in 2015 by Dr. Willer, the Camerata specializes in the performance of early and contemporary repertoires, including Baroque masterworks with orchestra, and world premieres, supplemented by a broad repertoire from the past seven centuries. In October 2016, the ensemble collaborated with the period orchestra New York Baroque, Inc. for the premiere of Seckendorff's Proserpina (1777, edited by Dr. Annie Randall) at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. In April 2017, the ensemble collaborated with the Band on a Can All-Stars and composer Julia Wolfe in a performance of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning work, Anthracite Fields. Especially dedicated to the performance of works by J.S. Bach, the ensemble hosts the annual Bach@Bucknell festival, including recent performances of Aus der Tiefe ruf ich (BWV 131), and Magnificat in D (BWV 243) with professional orchestra and soloists.

Rehearsals held Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m.
Choral Rehearsal Room, Weis Center for the Performing Arts

A Rich Touring Tradition

In addition to local appearances, the University Choir and Camerata continue a long tradition of touring both internationally and domestically, performing in distinguished venues across the globe.

Recent international destinations for the Bucknell choirs have included Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, West Germany, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

Tours have included collaborations with premiere ensembles including Electric Phoenix (UK), Cambridge's Fitzwilliam String Quartet (UK), the Brewer Chamber Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas (Venezuela), the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

If you are interested in hosting the Bucknell Choirs on a domestic or international tour, please contact Dr. Willer.

Anthracite singers

Candlelight Carols

An annual tradition at for Bucknell students, staff, alumni, and area residents, the Candlelight Carols Services at Rooke Chapel are modeled after the Kings College Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols and features the University Choir, Camerata, and the Rooke Chapel Ringers. || Ticket Information

Auditions

Membership to both choirs is open to all undergraduate & graduate students. Membership in University Choir is also open to faculty and staff of Bucknell University. Auditions are held at the start of each semester. For more information, or to request to audition, please email Dr. Willer.

Camerata singers
Choir singers

Upcoming Events

View the Bucknell Choir 2017-18 Events listed below.

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For a complete list of Bucknell Music Department Events, please visit the Music Department Events Calendar.

2017-18 Bucknell Choir Events


Bach@ Bucknell Festival Preview, Bucknell Camerata

Reformation 2017: Works of the English Reformation

Weis Center Lunchtime Concert series
Thursday, Sept. 28, noon | Weis Center Atrium
Free and open to the public.

Bucknell University Choir & Camerata

Weis Center Series

with Anna and Elizabeth, Appalachian Folk Duo
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. | Weis Center 
Tickets: Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

Bach@Bucknell Festival, Guest Artist Rectial

Reformation 2017: Repertoire of the German Reformation and Italian Counter-Reformation

Wednesday, Oct. 18, noon | Weis Center Atrium
Free and open to the public.

Bach@ Bucknell Festival, Bucknell University Choir & Camerata

Reformation 2017: Reform / Revolt

(full festival details are forthcoming)

Featuring J.S. Bach’s Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 and works of reform and revolution from across the globe.
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. | Weis Center
Tickets are free and open to the public.

Alumni event

Homecoming Weekend Alumni Sing

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Weis Center Stage

All alumni of the Bucknell Choirs past and present welcome!
Please RSVP to beth.willer@bucknell.edu

Bucknell University Choir & Camerata

Christmas Candlelight Carols

Dec. 1, 3, & 5, 7:30 p.m. | Rooke Chapel
Tickets (free): Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, available Nov.14, 10 a.m.

Bucknell University Choir

Weis Center Series

with Lorelei Ensemble
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. | Weis Center
Tickets: Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

Bucknell University Choir & Camerata

Admitted Students Day

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. | Weis Center
Free and open to the public.

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